Welcome to the website of the Mental Health Nursing Interest Group (MHNIG) of Ontario.

As an interest group of The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) our purpose is to actively promote partnerships that work towards improving the mental health and well being of individuals, their families, and our communities. Also, MHNIG actively supports the initiatives of RNAO.

Our mission:

  • To provide a forum for communication and the exchange of ideas.

  • To promote the health and well-being of people who are at risk of experiencing mental illness and/or emotional distress.

  • To promote the development of mental health services that are responsive to the needs and wishes of consumers and the community.

  • To collaborate with consumers/survivors and family groups.

  • To collaborate and clarify our roles with mental health professionals.

  • To lobby on behalf of mental health nursing for the recognition of, and positive image of mental health nursing.

  • To promote awareness of the practice of mental health nursing.

  • To serve as liaison with RNAO and CNA and certification of mental health nurses.

  • To promote professional growth and best practices in changing mental health care trends.

  • To support participation of mental health nurses in education and research.


Educational Support

Consumer Support Funding


The purpose of the Consumer Support Funding is to assist consumer groups in their educational endeavours.


There will be 2 (two) yearly awards for financial assistance. The MHNIG Executive based on the annual budget will determine the amount of the award.

Get the application with full details
Education Fund Policy